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New financial resources to fight sex trafficking pass House with Noem support

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., Friday joined the House of Representatives in passing legislation that offers additional financial resources in the fight against sex trafficking. The funding was passed as part of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill.

"This bill takes great strides in our fight against the sex trafficking industry," Noem said. "I'm proud this legislation prioritizes funding for the survivors of sex trafficking, offering historic increases for the Victims of Trafficking grants while keeping the bill's overall funding below FY2014 levels."

This legislation provides a significant increase to these critical grants, allocating $34.8 million more than the president's request, bringing total funding to $45.3 million.

Additionally, the bill continues to require each U.S. Attorney to participate in an anti-trafficking task force. It accomplishes all of this while decreasing CJS appropriations below FY2014 levels. The Senate has not yet passed a similar appropriations bill.

The House also passed a series of new sex trafficking provisions last week.

-Source: Office of Rep. Kristi Noem